A Russian hacking organization allegedly acquired access to the personal information of a slew of A-listers after breaching London-based jewelry manufacturer Graff.
A-listers and multi-millionaires such as Oprah Winfrey, the Beckham family, and Sir Philip Green have all been impacted.
According to the publication, the Russian hacker organization Conti has claimed credit for the attack and has already put 69,000 documents on the dark web.
The gang claims that the material that has already been released represents roughly 1% of the total data taken, and it is seeking tens of millions of pounds in ransom money to prevent more from being disclosed.
Tamara Ecclestone and Frank Lampard are among the British celebrities implicated so far in the attack, while Donald and Melania Trump, as well as Alec Baldwin, are said to be foreign consumers.
The UK’s data protection agency, the Information Commissioner’s Office, said the data breach is being investigated.
The regulator has the authority to levy fines of up to £20 million or 4% of a company’s annual income, however, such sanctions are uncommon.
According to cyber specialists, the gang would most likely want payment in a cryptocurrency like Bitcoin, which is more difficult for authorities to trace back to people.
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